Bowlers are champs

PORTCULLIS (1) maintained their slender lead at the top of Division One of Arbroath and District Pool League by virtue of an easy away victory over Ram’s Heid (1).

Second-placed Cliffburn (1) defeated Newgate to keep up their challenge. Ram’s Heid (2) recorded a comprehensive win over lowly Stag to consolidate third place.

In the Second Division, Bowlers defeated Letham (2) away from home to clinch the title. Legion (3) had a narrow win over Portcullis (3) to take over the second spot and Portcullis (3) and St Tam’s now share third place on 25 points.

Division One

Results: Abbey 6 Railway (1) 6; Legion (1) 5 Station (1) 7; Newgate 4 Cliffburn (1) 8; Portcullis (2) 4 Letham (1) 8; Ram’s Heid (1) 2 Portcullis (1) 10; Stag 2 Ram’s Heid (2) 10.

P W D L Pts

Portcullis (1) 20 18 1 1 37

Cliffburn (1) 20 16 4 0 36

Ram’s Heid (2) 20 15 3 2 33

Newgate 20 10 2 8 22

Railway (1) 20 9 3 8 21

Portcullis (2) 20 10 0 10 20

Letham (1) 20 6 4 10 16

Abbey 20 6 3 11 15

Legion (1) 20 6 1 13 13

Ram’s Heid (1) 20 5 2 13 12

Station (1) 20 5 0 15 10

Stag 20 1 1 18 3

Fixtures: Cliffburn (1) V Ram’s Heid (1); Letham (1) V Newgate; Portcullis (1) V Abbey; Railway (1) V Portcullis (2); Ram’s Heid (2) V Legion (1); Station (1) V Stag.

Division Two

Results: Cliffburn (2) 12 West Port (1) 0; Legion (3) 7 Portcullis (3) 5; Letham (2) 2 Bowlers 10; Railway (2) 5 St Tam’s 7; Station (2) 5 Legion (2) 7; West Port (2) 12 Fishermans 0.

P W D L Pts

Bowlers 20 15 1 4 31

Legion (3) 20 11 4 5 26

Portcullis (3) 20 11 3 6 25

St Tam’s 20 11 3 6 25

West Port Bar (2) 20 10 4 6 24

Fishermans 20 9 4 7 22

Letham (2) 20 6 7 7 19

Cliffburn (2) 20 5 7 8 17

Station (2) 20 7 2 11 16

West Port Bar (1) 20 6 2 12 14

Legion (2) 20 4 4 12 12

Railway (2) 20 4 3 13 11

Fixtures: Bowlers V Legion (2); Fishermans V Station (2); Legion (3) V Railway (2); Portcullis (3) V West Port (1); St Tams V Cliffburn (2); West Port (2) V Letham (2).

Knock-out Cup

Wednesday, May 1, Knock-out Cup quarter-finals - Portcullis (2) v Station (1); Ram’s Heid (2) v Cliffburn (1); Letham (2) v Letham (1); Legion (3) v Portcullis (1).

It is the home team’s responsibility to inform the match secretary of the score upon completion of the match, either by ‘text or ‘phone. The cup format is nine singles and four doubles.

The winners from these matches will go on to contest the semi-finals at finals day on Sunday, May 19, at Seaton House.

Portcullis singles

This year’s Portcullis singles competition will be held on Saturday, May 11. No entries will be taken on the day. Deadline for entries will be Tuesday, May 7, which is the last league fixtures, to allow draw and timings to be finalised.

Entry Fee is £5 per player. Start time for first ties on Saturday is totally dependent on entries but may be 9.30 a.m. prompt. The draw will be posted online.

The draw will provide a guide-only for timings. It is the player’s responsibility to be in attendance in good time before their name is called. Once your name is called, however, and you are not in attendance, you will be docked one frame per minute until you either appear or are knocked out by default.

Prize money will be dependent on total entries but as a guide has previously been £150 to the winner. A trophy will also be awarded to the winner. This competition is restricted to ADPL registered players only. For more information contact Steve Webster on 07585-441095.

AJ Beedie Jewellers Arbroath Open

This year’s AJ Beedie Jewellers Arbroath Open will be held at Seaton House, Seaton Estate, Arbroath, on Saturday, May 18.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 10. This will allow entries to be collated and the draw carried out in advance.

Entry remains at £5 per player and matches will begin, as a minimum, as best of five frames. Rules will be SPA Blackball, with players lagging the first frame with alternative breaks from then on. Players are to referee their own matches with a floating referee in place on the day. The tournament director reserves the right to introduce the one-minute rule at any time to prevent slow play.

Last year saw a record field of 123 entries. As the tournament name suggests it is an ‘open’ event and therefore entries are encouraged and welcome from players not registered locally.

You do not have to be registered to a pool team to compete, but you should be familiar with the Blackball rules.

In the past there have been some regular visitors from Dundee and further afield including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Falkirk. Players from local leagues including Perth, Montrose, Forfar, Brechin, Carnoustie have also continued to support this event.

Entry forms and flyers have been distributed to all captains. Those registered on the website www.arbroath.scottishpool.com can also obtain the entry form from the ‘download’ section.